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“One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past — and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York’s emerging gay scene. From Manhattan’s Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island’s deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen — and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction. Hilarious, witty, and ultimately heartbreaking, Dancer from the Dance is truthful, provocative, outrageous fiction told in a voice as close to laughter as to tears.”

Worst gay book I have read for adults or children to date. I wanted to like it, I read all of it despite it making me fall asleep every time I started reading it.

There were long descriptions of penises for no reason. I hang out with many gay men and have run gay groups and even teenage gay men don’t talk about penises as much. It was ridiculous the way the characters equated sex as love. This book was boring and made an entire group of people appear disgusting. That is amazing, but not an admirable trait of the novel. Also the rampant racism and sexualizing Spanish men was highly uncomfortable and uncalled for.

It was overly religious and pompous about the religious references. I had to look up half the references despite being well versed in multiple religions.

However it is not the worst book I have ever read, just the worst on the genre of LGBT.


1 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.